Namco-Bandai Survey to Name New Video Game
Published by 03 June 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

A new survey has popped up from Namco-Bandai with the company asking for, among other minor tidbits, name suggestions for what we can only assume is “Game Project Age 2011“, the working title for the upcoming PS3 and 360 fighting game. Current options include:

  • Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Z
  • Dragon Ball Z: Saiyan Rising
  • Dragon Ball Z: Awakening Saiyans
  • Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
  • Dragon Ball Z: Saiyan Warriors

There are a couple interesting tidbits to pull out of this. When the Sparking! games were released in North America under the prior Atari regime beginning back in 2005, they were re-named to (an in-universe named-backwards) “Budokai Tenkaichi”. While the “Raging Blast” moniker was kept over the last two years and games, last year’s PSP game TAG VS was re-branded as “Tenkaichi Tag Team” internationally, calling back to the prior games it was based on. It would seem that Namco-Bandai is considering the “Tenkaichi” branding going forward still, perhaps as a way to distance themselves from the dwindling sales of the Raging Blast games and grab a few older fans back into the mix.

Before the first Sparking! game’s international release, Atari distributed a similar survey (which indeed had “Budokai Tenkaichi” as a possible name choice). Despite whatever the original Japanese name for the game may end up as, it is likely that the official international name for “Game Project Age 2011” is among the five titles above.

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